Madhavapeddi Satyam

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Madhavapeddi Satyam
Born (1922-05-11)11 May 1922
Origin Brahmanakoduru, Bapatla
Andhra Pradesh, India
Died 18 December 2000(2000-12-18) (aged 78)
Genres Playback Singing
Occupation(s) Singer, Actor
Years active 1946–2000

Madhavapeddi Satyam (Telugu: మాధవపెద్ది సత్యం; 11 March 1922 – 18 December 2000) was a renowned Telugu singer and stage-actor from the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. He entered into films as a singer-actor in Y.V. Rao's Tamil-Hindi Biligual movie Ramadas in the year 1946. He played the role of Kabir. However, he became more popular as a playback singer thanks to his booming voice. His voice suited artists like S. V. Ranga Rao, Relangi and Ramana Reddy. He did also sing on few occasions for others like Akkineni Nageswara Rao, N.T. Rama Rao, Kongara Jaggaiah and Padmanabham. In a five-decade long career he has sung numerable songs of which few have become hugely popular like "Vivaha Bhojanambu", from the film Maya Bazar for S.V Ranga Rao, and "Ayyayyo Jebulo Dabbulu Poyene", from the film Kulagothralu for Ramana Reddy.

He died in Chennai on 18 December 2000, at the age of 78.

Early life and background[edit]

Madhavapeddi Satyam was born on 11 March 1922 at Brahmanakoduru village in Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh. He is the son of late Sri Madhavapeddi Lakshmi Narasiah and Late Smt. Sundaramma. From his childhood he showed immense love for singing and acting in dramas, inspiration being his Paternal uncle late Sri Madhavapeddi Venkatramayya, a well noted dramatist. He started portraying different roles in drama and one of them "Chalo Delhi" a social drama in which his singing, acting and music calibre was brought out for the first time in Madras (now Chennai). Spotted by the veteran Director-Producer late Y.V. Rao in the year 1946, Satyam was very fortunate to get the golden opporotunity of acting as Kabir in Y.V. Rao's film Ramadas and also singing 3 songs in this bilingual film in Tamil and Hindi under the musical supervision of late C.R. Subbaraman.

Immediately followed his entry into the Telugu Film Industry with his first Telugu song "Manasu Gaadha Khudha Thodai.." along with the King of Melodies late Sri Ghantasala for the film Laila Majnu in the year 1949. He sang a great song for late S.v. ranga rao in maya bazar film and it was well received by audience.


Playback Singer[edit]

Year Film Song Remarks
1954 Bangaru Papa Thadhimi Thakadhimi Cast: S. V. Ranga Rao
1957 Maya Bazaar Vivaha Bhojanambu
Bhali Bhali Bhali Deva
Cast: S. V. Ranga Rao
Sang for Himself
Thodi Kodallu Nee Shoku Choodakunda
1959 Illarikam Bhale Chancele
1960 Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam Vegaraara Prabho
1961 Jagadeka Veeruni Katha
1962 Kula Gothralu Ayyayyo Jebulo Dabbulu Poyene relangi
1963 Lakshadhikari Oho Andamaina Chinnadana Bangaru Vannedana
1966 Shri Krishna Pandaviyam Bhala Bhala Naa Bandi Parugu Teese Bandi
1975 Balipeetam Yesukundam Buddoda Yesukundamu



Year Film Character
1962 Dakshayagnam
1957 Maya Bazaar Daaruka
1950 Shavukaru
1946 Ramadasu Kabir

Madhavapeddi Satyam Award[edit]

Madhavapeddi Satyam's son, Madhavapeddi Murthy, a Kuchipudi exponent, instituted the Madhavapeddi Awards. Some of the film personalities who have received this award include:

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